Recently I was driving and my iPod was on shuffle. As one song ended I found myself skipping the next few songs. Several good songs played briefly, but I kept skipping. I did not know what song it was that I was looking for. Then The Colony Of Slippermen by Genesis came on and I found the song that I was unconsciously seeking. While listening to this amazing song an idea struck me. Steve Hackett has spent the last several years promoting Genesis Revisited. As a fan of the music of Genesis and Steve Hackett the solo artist Genesis Revisited was initially a fantastic idea. To hear Steve Hackett and his highly talented band play classic 1970’s Genesis songs live was quite an experience. Several years have now gone by, Steve Hackett has released two solo albums and Genesis Revisited has remained.
Last year I wrote a blog post expressing my feelings in regards to Genesis Revisited taking up too much space in Hackett’s set list, https://shadesofnoirsite.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/is-it-time-for-steve-hackett-to-stop-revisiting-genesis/. I received a great deal of feedback to that post. Unfortunately a good portion of that feedback was negative. Some of the responses to that post would definitely be considered the 21st century equivalent to hate mail. Some of the harsh responses took me by surprise since I was just stating my opinions. I am fully aware that my opinion is shared by a small minority.
Many of the fans have spoken and they want Genesis Revisited to remain. So it would seem that, for now, the Genesis set is here to stay. If this is the case I have an idea. I would like to see Hackett drop the tried and true songs, i.e. Supper’s Ready, The Musical Box, Horizons, Fifth Of Fifth. Instead how about an obscure or deep cuts set list. A set list consisting of songs such as Can-Utility And The Coastliners, Seven Stones, Time Table, Mad Man Moon, All In A Mouse’s Night, Back In N.Y.C., Harlequin, Harold The Barrel, The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging. So far Hackett has performed a full Genesis set list and a 40th anniversary Wind & Wuthering set list, so why not a Genesis Revisited: Deep Cuts Tour?
I know that some Genesis fans will disagree with my opinion. As a Steve Hackett fan I want more of his solo material in his live set. Genesis Revisited has proven to be a financial success for Steve Hackett. I would not want to take money out of the man’s pocket. At the same time I am a fan that has supported his solo career for over three decades. In an ideal world I would love to see a set that was 100% Steve Hackett solo material. That is not realistic at this time, but I would be happy with a 60/40 split. 60% of his set list devoted to his solo career would give a far better balance. I am not anti-Genesis, I am just a huge Steve Hackett fan. The man continues to produce new and profound music. He continues to push himself as a songwriter, singer and guitarist. As a fan I applaud and embrace his progressive spirit. I am not sure why some fans want to relegate this musical genius to basically existing as an oldies act. I know these statements are going to upset some fans. It does not seem fair to ignore so much of the brilliant music that this man has worked so hard to create over the last four decades. In a perfect world a Steve Hackett solo tour would sell as many tickets as a Genesis Revisited tour. Unfortunately we live in a less than ideal world. Thank God for musicians like Steve Hackett. May he continue to produce new and exciting music for years to come.